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Multislice spiral computed tomography angiography of mesenteric arteries.
Laghi A, Iannaccone R, Catalano C, Passariello R
Lancet. 2001;358(9282):638.
The introduction of multislice technology has improved and expanded the clinical applications of computed tomography angiography (CTA), and it is now possible to detect subtle vascular abnormalities. We optimised a high resolution CTA protocol to study the anatomy of mesenteric arteries with a multislice spiral CT scanner. We showed that multislice CTA produces images of high quality, with excellent anatomical visualisation of the main mesenteric trunks, and small collateral vessels. CTA may facilitate the diagnosis of vascular diseases, such as chronic mesenteric ischaemia, as well as acute disorders such as gastrointestinal bleeding.